20 January 2012 23:07 [Source: ICIS news]
(updates with ExxonMobil confirmation)
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US PE producer ExxonMobil confirmed on Friday that it remains on allocation on specific low density polyethylene (LDPE) grades produced at its 235,000 tonne/year LDPE plant in Beaumont, Texas.
The company notified customers of the allocation in late December, a company spokeswoman said.
A buyer said it received confirmation of the production problems from ExxonMobil, which said the problems were isolated to an LDPE line that produces primarily fractional melt material.
The buyer said the company indicated it expects to be on allocation through March.
Other sources heard similar reports about the facility, with one source saying it heard the facility was operating at two-thirds capacity.
The company shut down a reactor at the Beaumont LDPE plant on 25 December after some high-pressure tubing ruptured, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
By the first week of January, the company said the reactor was operating normally.
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